Sound Vault’s online radio station begins streaming

Sound Vault has got together with “Heath Radio” to launch an online radio station, to help showcase the range of podcasts we have been making here on the Surrey/Hampshire border in the UK.  As well as showcasing the best of the podcasting output our volunteers have created to-date, there is news every hour, as well as a mix of music to help show it all off.

ABOUT OUR ONLINE RADIO STATION>

Our online radio station is brought to you in collaboration with Surrey and Hampshire’s “Heath Radio“, a community interest company who have submitted an ‘expression of interest’ in a not-for-profit, FM community radio licence to the regulator, OFCOM, to serve Fleet, Yateley, Camberley, Farnborough, Hartley Wintney and the surrounding area.

This online station, in addition to our existing podcasts demonstrates just what kind of value such an FM station could add to the local community, and we intend to continue working in partnership with “Heath Radio”, if they are successful with their application.

We’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Paul Wisdom, one of the driving forces behind “Heath Radio“, who has put it all together.  He was one of the launch directors on neighbouring Wey Valley Radio, the community radio station for Alton and surrounding area.

We will continue publishing podcasts in the usual way through Sound Vault.  If you are interested in making radio & podcasts yourself, and live on the Surrey/Hampshire border, do get in touch and join our band of volunteers.  Our email is SoundVaultHQ@gmail.com.

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Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 027

Episode 27 of our specialist soul, jazz and fusion show, Mixed Bag, presented by Upper Hale’s number one collector of vinyl, Mark Sumner, is entitled “Swirling Strings and Things: 70s Soul“.

Expect tracks from The Dells; Love Unlimited; Zulema; and The Main Ingredient – plus Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway; The Delfonics; Leroy Hutson; The Love Unlimited Orchestra; Faze-O; and Michael Jackson.

Discover Music with Plastic Dino: KITTY002

Episode 2 of Discover Music with Plastic Dino, hosted by Kitty – a dinosaur enthusiast on an adventure, to seek out new, old and unique tunes to brighten your day.

In this episode, Kitty showcases tunes recommended to her by other people.  Expect tracks from The Wombats, CSS, The Beatles, Yaeji, and Wednesday Campanella.

The Wombats, Yaeji, Wednesday Campanella and CSS feature, plus The Beatles.

Sound credits:

Sound effect at end:

“System Notifications” by ‘wertstahl‘, via Freesound, CC BY 3.0.

Beating The Bounds: Voices 007

In this episode of the Sound Vault: Voices podcast, we join residents of the civil parish of Yateley in north-east Hampshire, as they revive the ancient custom of “Beating The Bounds” of the parish.

The event took place on Rogation Sunday  (29th April, 2018), and as well as explaining the history behind the custom, and talking to some of the organisers and participants, the podcast captures a soundscape of the walk – footsteps, birds, water, breeze, urban and country life and other interventions.

Join us as we walk through avenues and alleyways (many lined with bluebells); alongside and through common land, farmland and heath; across runways and between gorse; along and over ponds, lakes and tracks – and a railway line and a river.  And past many people’s homes.

Listen out for some of our favourite sounds at around 19m 57s (bird song at the the bottom of Fry’s Lane); 20m 51s (the faster flowing river under the bridge at Mill Lane); 26m 41s (the railings and the buzz of the electricity pylons near Moulsham Lane), 29m 25s (runways and gorse); and 29m 38s (flying machines – insects, and what for me is one of the signature sounds of Yateley, small planes flying above Blackbushe Airport).

One of the groups of walks before heading off from the Darby Green Centre. Credit: Andy Teo.
The Mayors of Yateley (Tony Spencer) and neighbouring Sandhurst (Hazel Hill) officially get the “Beating The Bounds” walk under way. Credit: Paul Simpson.
Well known to residents of Yateley from his appearances on social media, David Roy Moore joins us on the walk – and talks ‘exclusively’ to the podcast! Credit: Paul Simpson.
Pounding the residential streets of Yateley, as well as the greener pockets, all well signposted by the organisers, the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust. Credit: Andy Teo.
Falling behind my group of walkers – but I can always join the next group behind me. Walking alongside the River Blackwater, towards Willow Gardens retirement home. Credit: Paul Simpson.
A favourite Yateley location for photography, and today is no exception – Swan Lakes. Credit: Andy Teo.
Beating The Bounds is not all about trees and rivers. I hadn’t seen this before. It was like something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but it was more likely something to do with being on the site for the former Hall Aggregates/cement site. Credit: Paul Simpson.
The sound of the fast flowing flowing river, by the bridge on Mill Lane. Credit: Paul Simpson.
Looking back across the River Blackwater, from the Sandhurst side, back into the more ornamental river bank in Yateley. Credit: Paul Simpson.
The River Blackwater in all its glory – playing a major part in the walk. Credit: Paul Simpson.
The boundary gets quite moist as we approach Moor Green Lake. Credit: Paul Simpson.
The path gets very muddy at Moor Green lakes. Credit: Paul Simpson.
The view across Moor Green lake, out towards Finchampstead. Credit: Paul Simpson.
Back across the bridge over the River Blackwater, into Yateley again. Keep following the signs! Credit: Paul Simpson.
The huge electricity pylons as we head back to Moulsham Lane. If you listen carefully, we pick them up on our soundscape. Credit: Paul Simpson.
We capture the sound of the railings, as we ‘Beat the Bounds’ near Moulsham Lane. Credit: Paul Simpson.
Bluebells line the path behind West Green, as we walk up between Reading Road, and Firgrove Road. Credit: Paul Simpson.
More blooms line the path as we approach Firgrove Road, and the border with Eversley parish. Credit: Paul Simpson.
We approach the border with Eversley, as we start to head up from Firgrove Road, towards Castle Bottom. Credit: Paul Simpson.
The walk crosses the runway at Blackbushe. Credit: Andy Teo.
Walking with attitude across the runway at Blackbushe. Credit: Andy Teo.
Across Yateley Common – one of my favourite places. Credit: Andy Teo.
Down a track from the Common. Credit: Andy Teo.
Heading back towards Darby Green – one of the tracks back down from the Common. Credit: Andy Teo.
Walkers ‘Beat The Bounds’ at the border with Blackwater. Credit: Andy Teo.
Crossing over the river and the railway line. Credit: Andy Teo.
Up and over the river and the railway line. Credit: Andy Teo.
The end is in sight. Credit: Andy Teo.

A big thank you to the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust for organising the event, and giving us permission to record the podcast; to Tony Spencer (the Mayor of Yateley) for the original idea to record the soundscape (and for much of the information contained within it), and to Andy Teo, for his permission to use many of his photographs. While recording the soundscape, a lot of participants mentioned the Yateley Walking Group, so it only seemed fair to give them a ‘plug’ too.

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 026

Episode 26 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner – Sound Vault’s specialist soul, jazz and fusion show with Upper Hale’s foremost amateur collector of vinyl – has a special focus on tracks from the Year 2000 and up to the present day.

Expect tracks from Angie Stone, Swing Out Sister, Masters At Work ft Billie, and Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings – plus Mario Biondi, The Rebirth, Incognito – and with the weather on the turn for the bank holiday weekend, Mark couldn’t resist a tune from Pharrell Williams. Enjoy!

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE 022

Episode 22 of Tale Waves – our storytelling podcast for younger children – is called ‘Aria, The Operatic Nightingale‘, and is a tale full of musical, melodious magic.

It features a nightingale called ‘Diva’ who tells of the sad loss, and wonderful reunion with her beautiful daughter, ‘Aria’.  The two of them now sing together all around the world.

Nostalgia time for our author, Gilly Stewart. As this old photo shows, Gilly was a talented opera singer when she was younger, and it continues to be one of her abiding passions, and provides the inspiration for this episode’s tale.
Gilly with her wonderful pianist, Jonathan Covey, who recorded a piece especially for today’s episode (see credit below).
Jonathan, on the piano at St Andrew’s Church, Farnham, Surrey, playing the piece for this episode.
With thanks to St Andrew’s Church, Farnham, Surrey, and Revd. David Uffindell – for allowing us use of their piano in recording this episode.

Music Credits:

“O Mio Babbino  Caro” is composed by Giacomo Puccino, and is in the public domain.  This particular recording was made exclusively for Sound Vault, played by Jonathan Covey, in St. Andrew’s Church, Farnham, Surrey. With thanks to Revd. David Uffindell for allowing us to use the piano.

“Ave Maria” D. 389, composed by Franz Schubert, performed by Bradley Chapman, via MusOpenCC BY 3.0.

Rusalka, Op. 114 – ‘Song to the Moon’, composed by Antonin Dvorak, performed by Zaira Soria, via MusOpen, CC BY 3.0.

“Requiem Op. 48 – 7. In Paradisum”, composed by Gabriel Faure, performed by European Archive, via MusOpen, Public Domain.

“Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walkure) WWV 86B”, composed by Richard Wagner, performed by University of Chicago Orchestra, via MusOpen, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

“Symphony No. 2 in Cm ‘Resurrection’ – V. Conclusion Quasi Allegro”, composed by Gustav Mahler, performed by European Archive, via MusOpen, Public Domain.

‘Flower Duet’ from “Lakme”, composed by Leo Delibes, performed by Mosaica, via MusOpen, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

Other sound effects (where not created by the producer) – with thanks to www.freesfx.co.uk

 

 

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 16: USRAIL016

Episode 16 is the sixth and final part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey – and also the final instalment of his trip overall.

Tim has been travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains, and this is the latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue which has continued on the California Zephyr train.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.

In this episode, we reach the final destination of The Bay Area in California.

These images represent some of the views from the train along this section of the journey, as well as some of the ‘stops’ along this part of the route.

Cape Horn and American River. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Coming down the mountain. Credit: Tim Davies.
A few people live here as well! Credit: Tim Davies.
Gold Run – home of hydraulic mining. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
There are some cars somewhere as well! Credit: Tim Davies.
The Sierras are beautiful. Credit: Tim Davies.
Nearing Colfax. Credit: Tim Davies.
Colfax. Credit: Tim Davies
Gold miner at Colfax station. Credit: Loco Steve, CA BY 2.0.
Downtown Colfax. Credit: Tim Davies.
The trees have changed. Credit: Tim Davies.
The homes have changed. Credit: Tim Davies.
Coming in to Roseville. Credit: Tim Davies.
Roseville. Credit: Tim Davies.
Roseville. Credit: Tim Davies.
On the homeward trek. Credit: Tim Davies.
Rail yards in Roseville. Credit: Tim Davies.
Roseville Wagon Repair Yard. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Leaving Roseville, going west. Credit: Tim Davies.
Leaving Roseville, going west. Credit: Tim Davies.
Much new building in Sacramento. Credit: Tim Davies.
Much new building in Sacramento. Credit: Tim Davies.
Sacramento centre. Credit: Tim Davies.
Sacramento station. Credit: Tim Davies.
The local Amtrak service in Sacramento station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Sacramento locomotive works. Credit: Tim Davies.
Over the river, leaving Sacramento. Credit: Tim Davies.
Travelling west, between Sacramento and Davis. Credit: Tim Davies.
Travelling west between Sacramento and Davis. Credit: Tim Davies.
Davis Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Historic Davis Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Agriculture, between Davis and Matinez. Credit: Tim Davies.
Between Davis and Martinez. Credit: Tim Davies.
Between Davis and Martinez. Credit: Tim Davies.
Suisun Bay – the mothball fleet has gone. Credit: Tim Davies.
Benicia Martinez Bridge. Credit: Tim Davies.
Martinez Station. Credit: Tim Davies
Journey’s end, at Richmond. Credit: Tim Davies.

It has been great having you along for the ride – we hope you have enjoyed the trip – and we looked forward to planning our next one!

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

Karen (Spirit Rescuer & Barber): Voices 006

In this episode of the Sound Vault: Voices podcast, we feature Karen, whose day job is as a barber, but who in her spare time, is a ‘spirit rescuer‘.

Karen at work, about to cut Paul from Sound Vault’s hair.

Capturing the soundscape while at work at Kerrie’s Barbers in Yateley with scissors, electric shavers and hair dryers, Karen discusses what led her to discover her calling.

She discusses what the practice entails, as she describes it, “communicating with spirits who are stuck between realms, and have been unable to move on to the other side.”  Often, Karen says the spirits do not know it, and as a result, are causing distress to others in their mortal lives.

Karen (left) pictured at The Kingsley Hotel, Eversley, Hampshire.

Karen explains how she has practiced her ‘spirit rescue’ work in private houses, pubs, and hotels throughout the Surrey/Hampshire/Berkshire border area – even just out and about.  She recounts one extraordinary occurrence at the lake at Virginia Water.

Karen explains that her over-riding aim is to bring people peace of mind when she works with them, and when she works in a healing capacity, peace and balance.

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 025

Episode 25 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner – Sound Vault’s specialist soul, jazz and fusion show with Upper Hale’s foremost collector of vinyl – has a special focus on female jazz singers.

Expect tracks from Sarah Vaughan, Lainie Kazan, Shirley Scott and Irene Reid, plus Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, Marlena Shaw, Flora Purim, Carmen McRae, and arguably Mark’s favourite of this episode, Brenda Boykin.

Join Mark for some powerful performances.

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 15: USRAIL015

Episode 15 is the fifth part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey.  Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains, and this latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue continues on the California Zephyr train.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.

In this episode, we leave behind the meadowland around Reno, Nevada, and head up into the hills of the Sierras, and cross the state line into California.

These images represent some of the views from the train along this section of the journey, as well as some of the ‘stops’ along this part of the route.

Climbing the Sierras. Credit: Tim Davies.
Climbing the Sierras. Credit: Tim Davies.
Climbing the Sierras. Credit: Tim Davies.
Well worn flume. Credit: Tim Davies.
Repaired and working flume. Credit: Tim Davies.
Opposite track below, and flume across river. Credit: Tim Davies.
Climbing the Sierras. Credit: Tim Davies.
Rounding a tight curve. Credit: Tim Davies.
Climbing the Sierras. Credit: Tim Davies.
Climbing the Sierras. Credit: Tim Davies.
Truckee Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Truckee Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Truckee. Credit: Tim Davies.
Truckee. Credit: Tim Davies.
Truckee. Credit: Tim Davies.
Persuaded to sample the on-board Great Mixologist’s Bloody Mary – and here it is! Credit: Tim Davies.
Donner Lake. Credit: Tim Davies.
A very tight curve! Some amazing engineering. Credit: Tim Davies.
Donner Lake. Credit: Tim Davies.
Donner Lake. Credit: Tim Davies.
Donner Lake. Credit: Tim Davies.
Donner Summit. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Exiting a snowshed on the Donner Pass. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Snow shed in use. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Donner Pass. Credit: Tim Davies.
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Another tight curve on the route. Credit: Tim Davies.
Magnificence of the High Sierra. Credit: Tim Davies.
It’s a long way down! Credit: Tim Davies.
It’s a very long way down! Credit: Tim Davies.

Join us for the next episode, which will be the final instalment of Tim’s US Railway Travelogue.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

 

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE 021

Episode 21 of Tale Waves – our storytelling podcast for younger children – is a tale about A Doll’s House – plus a little girl called Olivia, and a mouse called Montford.

Olivia with the Doll’s House!

It is about a birthday, presents, dreams, fantasy, friendship, and kindness.  Look out for that mouse!

Music Credits:

“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”, Composer, Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Performer, A Far Cry; Via IMSLP, under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

“Overture to the Marriage of Figaro” K.492, Composer, Mozart, Wofgang Amadeus; Performer, MusOpen Symphony; Via MusOpen, under  Public Domain.

“Symphony No. 6 in F Major ‘Pastoral’, Op. 68 – II. Andante molto mosso”, Composer, Beethoven; Performer, Skidmore College Orchestra; Via MusOpen, under Public Domain.

“Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27 no. 2”, Composer, Chopin; Performer, Frank Levy; via MusOpen, under Public Domain.

“Wiener Klange Im Walzertakt Mit Johann Strauss – I”, Composer, Johann Strauss; Performer, European Archive; via MusOpen, under Public Domain.

“Violin Concerto in E major, RV 269 ‘Spring’ – I. Allegro”, Composer, Vivaldi; Performer, John Harrison; via MusOpen, under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Sound Effects:

“Woodland Birdsong 3 – Cuckoo”, by mike_stranks, via Freesound, under CC BY-NC 3.0.

Others thanks to www.freesfx.co.uk

 

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 14: USRAIL014

Episode 14 is the fourth part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey.  Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains.  This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode finds hims kicking off as the shadows are lengthening, and the train travels through some of the most wide open expanses Tim has seen yet.

One of the first stops he comes to in this episode is Rock Springs, Wyoming,  through Salt Lake City, Utah, while the last is Reno, Nevada, before heading off again towards California through more rugged country.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Map showing diversion route of the California Zephyr, through Wyoming. Credit, Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.

These are a selection of images captured from the train en route, and of some of the stops along the way in this episode of the US Railway Travelogue podcast.

Middle of nowhere in Wyoming. Credit: Tim Davies.
Wyoming, middle of nowhere. Credit: Tim Davies.
Early evening Wyoming, middle of nowhere, as the shadows began to lengthen. Credit: Tim Davies.
Rock Springs. Credit: RSprings123, CC BY 3.0.
Downtown Green River. Credit: Milonica, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Citadel Rock, Green River, Wyoming. Credit: Andrew J. Russell. Public Domain.
Evanston. Credit: Milonica, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Feeding the Zephyr at Salt Lake City. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Salt Lake City stop. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Salt Lake City stop. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Elko Amtrak Station. Credit: Visitor7, CC BY-SA 3.0.
A new day, new desolation – from Elko to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
A new day, new desolation – Elko to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
A new day, new desolation – Elko to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
A new day, new desolation – Elko to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
Somewhere small on the way to Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
Elko to Winnemucca – are we approaching a junction? Credit: Tim Davies.
Elko to Winnemucca – parallel tracks continue. Credit: Tim Davies.
Nearing Winnemucca – and a scrapyard. Credit: Tim Davies.
A beautiful morning in Winnemucca. Credit: Tim Davies.
Stopped! Credit: Tim Davies.
Taking in the Winnemucca air. Credit: Tim Davies.
The train doesn’t fit the station! Credit: Tim Davies.
This is not a place to get stranded! Credit: Tim Davies.
Not a place to get stranded. Credit: Tim Davies.
And then there was a lake! Credit: Tim Davies.
And then, an oasis and a trailer park… Credit: Tim Davies.
More mountains, more heat, and more blue sky. Credit: Tim Davies.
There must be water, as cattle can survive. Credit: Tim Davies.
The river, and some green. Credit: Tim Davies.
Almost a city. Credit: Tim Davies.
Lovelock, Nevada. Credit, Tim Davies.
Ever westwards. Credit: Tim Davies.
Is the white in this photo dried salt, or minerals? Credit: Tim Davies.
Where did that cloud come from? Credit: Tim Davies.
Approaching Reno. Credit: Tim Davies.
California Zephyr, changing crews at Reno. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 3.0.
Reno Station. Credit: Davemeistermoab, CC BY-SA 3.0.
The journey continues with more rugged country – come back next episode for more! Credit: Tim Davies.

The journey continues on the California Zephyr next episode into more rugged country. All aboard!

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

 

Stained Glass Window: Voices 005

In this episode of Sound Vault: Voices, Dr David Lister explains what has led him to seek support for a new stained glass window for St. Mary’s Church in Eversley, Hampshire, the design of which he has personally conceived. A fascinating insight into an often overlooked subject.

Dr. Lister’s sketch of his design for the proposed new stained glass window at St. Mary’s Church. Credit: ©️ Dr. David Lister (2018)

He expands on some of the central themes behind the design, which he first explored in a podcast last year about his life, called ‘The Particular‘. These are, the importance of being able to recognise what love is really about; celebrating the transformative beauty of love, and emphasising the importance of God’s love too.

Dr. Lister was moved to share his ideas for the design for a new stained glass window through a podcast, when his last one managed to reach a couple he hadn’t seen for fifty years!  As he recounts at the end of this podcast, they gave up trying to make contact thirty years ago, and then along came his last podcast, which gave them the clues needed to track him down!  It also underlined the power that podcasts can have!

The inspiration behind the lower portion of the proposed design: Fra Angelico, Annunciation. Credit: carulmare, CC BY 2.0.

If the proposed design is approved, it would take its place in one of the windows at St. Mary’s Church, Eversley, where Charles Kingsley was once rector for 31 years between 1844-1875.  Dr. David Lister is part of a group planning to put on a festival in 2019 to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Kingsley’s birth.

St. Mary’s Church, Eversley, where the window would be. By Elisa.rolle – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57796499

Obviously, if Dr. Lister’s proposal were to get the ‘green light’, it would be professionally designed and built, based on his initial drawings.  But he is very keen to know what you think, particularly if you live in Eversley and the surrounding local area.

Take a listen to what he has to say on the podcast.

  • What do you think about his idea for the design?
  • What do you think about what he has to say about the concept of the beauty of love, and the importance of God’s love?

If you feel his idea is worth supporting, and would like to see a new stained glass window at St Mary’s Church, Eversley, he would love to hear from you via email.

  • You can contact him via palgrave@waitrose.com

Music credits:

“O Magnum Mysterium”, Composer: William Byrd; Performer: Ensembles Morales;  via MusOpen, under CC BY 3.0.

An alternative version, performed by the Nordic Chamber Choir, which inspired Dr Lister to include it as a backing track in this podcast because of the Nordic resonances in his life, can be found in the YouTube clip below:

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 024

Episode 24 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner finds Upper Hale’s most avid collector of vinyl serving up another fine selection for Sound Vault’s specialist soul, jazz and fusion show.

Expect tracks from the likes of Kenny Dorham, Lonnie Smith, John Klemmer and Tania Maria, plus Jack McDuff, and John Handy.

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 13: USRAIL013

Episode 13 is the third part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey.  Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains.  This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode finds hims continuing on, as the train escapes the city of Denver, emerging through the countryside of nurseries, maize fields and assorted agriculture as far as the eye can see.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.

The route hits Brighton, Greeley, Cheyanne and Laramie, before reaching the stop of Rawlins in this particular episode, in which it also crosses the Colorado/Wyoming state line. It continues on to Salt Lake City, Utah in future episodes.

Map showing diversion route of the California Zephyr, through Wyoming. Credit, Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.

The images below capture some of the sights seen from the carriages of the train, and aspects covered during this particular episode.

Nursery garden beside the tracks as the train leaves Denver well behind. Credit: Tim Davies.
A little infuriating as cars drive past, while the train is stopped for more than a short moment. Credit: Tim Davies.
Bringing in the harvest. Credit: Tim Davies.
The brand that is everywhere you go…. Credit: Tim Davies.
Brighton…. although I’m not sure if this is the beach? Credit: Tim Davies.
Having to wait for the slow train to pass! Credit: Tim Davies.
Transporting the parts for wind turbines. Credit: Tim Davies.
On safari, the cheaper version. Prairie dogs. Credit: Tim Davies.
Arable as far as you can see. Credit: Tim Davies.
That arable land just keeps going on as far as the eye can see. Credit: Tim Davies.
Yet more arable as far as the eye can see. Credit: Tim Davies.
More arable as far as the eye can see. Credit: Tim Davies.
You guessed it – more arable as far as the eye can see. Credit: Tim Davies.
The train has stopped again, which gives other modes of transport a chance to make up time. Credit: Tim Davies.
Old Fort Vasquez, between Denver and Cheyanne. Credit, Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Greeley. Credit: Tim Davies
Greeley Union Pacific Railroad Depot. Credit: Hustvedt, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Down Town Greeley. Credit: Tim Davies.
Greeley, Colorado. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Between Cheyenne and Laramie. Credit: Tim Davies.
Between Cheyenne and Laramie. Credit: Tim Davies.
Wyoming Turbines. Credit: Tim Davies.
Tim saw some buffalo from the train. Credit: Tim Davies.
Big country cattle. Credit: Tim Davies.
Big country cattle. Credit: Tim Davies.
The first snow of this leg of the trip comes into view. Credit: Tim Davies.
The first snow. Credit: Tim Davies.
Big skies, as well as that snow. Credit: Tim Davies.
More of that first snow. Credit: Tim Davies.
I wonder just what they did here? Credit: Tim Davies.
Pity about the phone lines. Credit: Tim Davies.
Snow fences. Credit: Tim Davies.
Rocks and snow. Credit: Tim Davies.
Awesome. Credit: Tim Davies.
Wyoming Big Country. Credit: Tim Davies.
Amazing rocks. Credit: Tim Davies.
Some things are universal – changeable weather! Credit: Tim Davies.
A trek to your neighbour. Credit: Tim Davies.
Cattle. Credit: Tim Davies.
Major civilisation? Credit: Tim Davies.
It gets windy. Credit: Tim Davies.
Very windy. Credit: Tim Davies.
Home is on the Prairie. Credit: Tim Davies.
Too desolate, even for arable! Credit: Tim Davies.
Supplying the oil to keep the trains moving. Credit: Tim Davies.
And some oil leaves by train! Credit: Tim Davies.
Rawlins, Union Pacific Railroad Depot. Credit: Jeffrey Beall, CC BY 3.0.
Down Town Rawlins. Credit: Tim Davies.

We continue heading on to Salt Lake City in the next episode of the US Railway Travelogue podcast.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 023

Episode 23 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner – Sound Vault’s specialist soul/jazz/fusion show with Upper Hale’s number one collector of vinyl – is a Latin Soul, Jazz and Boogaloo special.

You can expect to hear tracks from the likes of Vladimir and His Orchestra; Joe Bataan; Moguito Santamaria; Ray Baretto; Chollo Rivera and The Latin Soul Drives; Bobby Paunettto; Eddie Palmieri; Tito Puente; the Fania All Stars, and Cal Tjander.

It promises to be quite a show, so make sure you are well turned out for your listening pleasure.  This week’s tracks might provoke some moves!

Tale Waves with Gilly Stewart: TALE 020

Episode 20 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story entitled “Sky Dancers“, and is told to our regular host Hetty by somebody called Starday Nite, once known as Alexander.

Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. Photo in Public Domain.

To mark the fact, Hetty has travelled all the way to the fictional, windswept location of Nordland, to capture the tale for her regular listeners – and to see the beautiful Northern Lights, dancing across the sky in all their beauty for herself.

All the names, characters locations, and incidents featured in this and all other stories featured in episodes of Tale Waves are from the imagination of Gilly Stewart, and are completely fictitious.  No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), or places is intended, or should be inferred.

Music Credits:

The Planets, Op. 32, II Venus, The Bringer of Peace, Composer, Gustav Holst, Performer, USAF Heritage of America Band, from MusOpen, Public Domain.

Siegfried Idyll, WMV 103, Composer, Richard Wagner, Performer, Steve’s Bedroom Band, from MusOpen, CC BY 3.0.

Prince Igor, Polovtsian Dances, Composer, Alexander Borodin, Performer, Davis High School Symphony Orchestra, from MusOpen, Public Domain.

Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 – I – Allegro molto moderato, Composer, Edward Grieg, Performer, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, from MusOpen, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

Meditation (Act III), Composer, Jules Massenet, Performers, Nicola Benedetti (violin) & Julien Quentin (piano), from IMSLP, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 .

All other sound effects thanks to www.freesfx.co.uk

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 12: USRAIL012

Episode 12 is the second part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey.  Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains.  This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode finds hims continuing from Mount Pleasant, Iowa to Denver Union Station, Colorado, before the train continues on to Salt Lake City, Utah in future episodes.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Map showing diversion route of the California Zephyr, through Wyoming. Credit, Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.

We follow the journey taken by Tim through this episode with images of some of the points on the route, and some photos taken by Tim himself below on the Sound Vault website.

Mount Pleasant Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Members of the local Amish community at Mount Pleasant Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
The setting sun….. Credit: Tim Davies.
Ottumwa – home to the company clerk from M*A*S*H, Radar O’Reilly. Credit: Tim Davies.
Ottumwa. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Ottumwa Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Osceola Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Osceola Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Osceola Water Tower. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
The observation car – home to the interviews. Credit: Tim Davies.
The observation car – home to the interviews. Credit: Tim Davies.
Creston Station. Credit: Augiejv, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Creston Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Trains at Creston Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Stanton Coffee Pot. Credit: Jared Winkler, CC-BY-SA-4.0.
Fishermen on the Missouri River in Council Bluffs. Credit: Decumanus, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Omaha. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Omaha Station. Credit: Augiejv, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Lincoln, Nebraska Station. Credit: Ammodramus, CC0.
Hastings Station. Credit: samswitzer, CC-BY-2.0.
Holderedge Ironhorse Station. Credit: Ammodramus, Public Domain.
McCook Station, Nebraska. Credit: Ammodramus, CC0.
Fort Morgan Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Cattle at Fort Morgan. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
California Zephyr at Keenesburg. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Nearing Commerce City in the morning. Credit: Tim Davies.
Commerce City. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Commerce City, near Denver. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Denver outskirts. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Run in to Denver Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Union Station. Credit: Darkshark0159, Public Domain.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Denver Station platform. Credit: Tim Davies.
Without whom we would not be here….. Credit: Tim Davies.
Overland route from timetable. Copyright. Amtrak.
The Overland Route in 1908. Public Domain.
Denver Stockyards. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.
Sleepers everywhere. Credit: Tim Davies.
More sleepers, all wood. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
More picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
The picturesque outskirts of Denver on the diversion. Credit: Tim Davies.
Suncor, Denver. On the diversion. Credit: Loco Steve, CC-BY-2.0.

We leave these outskirts of Denver behind, as we head for Salt Lake City, and the next instalment of US Railway Travelogue in Episode 13 – coming soon.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);

 

Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner: Episode 022

Episode 22 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner finds Mark selecting what he considers to be some of the finest original tracks to be featured on the much sought after “London Jazz Classics” compilation albums Vols. 1, 2 & 3, compiled by the iconic Soul Jazz Records label.

In this ‘Best of’ London Jazz Classics Vols. 1, 2 & 3 edition, expect to hear tracks from the likes of Doug Richardson, Synthesis, Billy Parker’s Fourth World, and Alive! plus Ricardo Marrero & The Group, Antonio Adolfo, Billy Brooks, Carlos Franzetti and Corky McClerkin.

 

US Railway Travelogue – Episode 11: USRAIL011

Episode 11 is the first part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey.  Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains.  This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode sees him setting off from Chicago Union station, and ends up in Burlington, Iowa.

Map showing Amtrak’s western routes, the California Zephyr through the middle. Credit: Amtrak.
California Zephyr poster. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Map showing diversion route (purple line) of the California Zephyr, through Wyoming. Credit, Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan from the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive from the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
Public Area in the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
In a public area in the Drake Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
Public Area in the Duke Hotel. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Drake Hotel shopping area, ready for Halloween. Credit: Tim Davies.
Entrance to Union Station, Chicago. Credit: Tim Davies.
Inside Union Station, Chicago. Credit: Tim Davies.
Inside Chicago Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
On the Platform at Union Station, Chicago. Credit: Dan Gaken, CC BY 2.0.
Exiting Union Station. Five minutes outside, by the yard. Credit: Tim Davies.
Exiting Union Station. Amtrak stock waiting outside the station. Credit: Tim Davies.
The ‘stunning’ scenery, railside, as we leave Chicago. Credit: Tim Davies.
Cicero Station on a Metra commuter service route. The station is 7 miles from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Traffic having to wait for the train to pass…. in the suburbs. Credit: Tim Davies.
The Chicago Suburbs. Credit: Tim Davies.
Naperville Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Naperville Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Naperville Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Tracks and platform at Aurora Station, Illinois. Credit: Adam Moss, CC BY-SA 2.0.
California Zephyr at Aurora Station in 1967. Credit: David Wilson, CC BY 2.0.
40 Miles out from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
40 miles out from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
40 miles out from Union Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Suburban golf course, Chicago style. Credit: Tim Davies.
Golf Course, Bankok Airport style. Credit: Unattributed, in Public Domain.
Semi-rural setting – almost in the country! Credit: Tim Davies.
Back into the world of big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
Car Dealerships, Plano. Credit: Tim Davies.
Plano. Credit: Tim Davies.
Back into the world of big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
More big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
Yet more big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
More big farming. Credit: Tim Davies.
Princeton, Illinois Railway Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Princeton Station. Credit: Loco Steve, CC BY 2.0.
Track maintenance work, west of Princeton. Credit: Tim Davies.
Harvesting the wind. Credit: Tim Davies.
Harvesting the wind. Credit: Tim Davies.
The modern station at Kewanee – not a stop for the California Zephyr. Credit: image courtesy of Amtrak.
Galesburg, Illinois station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Historic stock forming part of the exhibition at Galesburg Railroad Museum. Credit: Tim Davies.
More from Galesburg Railroad Museum. Credit: Tim Davies.
Crossing the Mississippi. Credit: Tim Davies.
Nearing Burlington – large area of sidings. Credit: Tim Davies.
Another view of the Mississippi, across the railway sidings approaching Burlington Station. Credit: Tim Davies.
Burlington Station. Credit: Adam Moss, CC BY-SA 2.0.
The picturesque vista of downtown Burlington. Credit: Tim Davies.
More picturesque vistas of downtown Burlington. Credit: Tm Davies.

Part two of the California Zephyr leg of the trip to come in the next episode of US Railway Travelogue.

Music credits:

Theme: “Steam Railway”, AK012, Composer: Kimber-McTiffen; Track Number 1, Royalty Free from “The Special Interest Video Selection“; (AKM Music);